Recent work of mine will be on display in the STAND OUT PRINTS 2014 Juried Exhibition at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking.

The show will run from September 5 – October 4 2014.

It’s the start of a new school year, which means it’s time to get the new interns ready for their time at AIR. Last Friday, we headed up to Pittsburgh for the official start of the semester. The WVU Printmaking Program has been providing internships at Artists Image Resource since 2004. Our students are given the run of the place, at least once a week, for the Fall semester.

While at AIR, students split their time between using their facilities to make work and helping AIR’s master printers print production runs. Students get the chance to meet and work with professional artists from all over the country. I am really proud of this program, and appreciate the support from AIR’s Director Robert Beckman and the WVU School of Art & Design. Thank you all, and let’s have a great semester!

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Below is a new print I made for the “NICHE” print portfolio organized by Erin Almazan and Danielle Rante. It will be shown at the 2014 MAPC Conference in Detroit. The basis of the portfolio was to react to an image given to us by the organizers (the spraypaint). I tried to create a formal and conceptual relationship between the spraypaint image and the comic image. This was a lot of fun to work on, and could possibly change some of my ideas going forward. Thank you Erin and Danielle.

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“Spraypaint”

CMYK Silkscreen

20″ x 16″

2014

PRINTWORK 2014, national juried exhibition at Artists Image Resource is on!

See the prospectus at http://www.artistsimageresource.org/printwork-2014/

We are really proud to announce Bill Fick, printmaker extraordinaire, as the juror.

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On June 13th, my solo exhibition titled “Comic Configurations” opened at the Indianapolis Art Center. It was part of a larger group of solo exhibitions titled “Storytellers”, featuring artists Eric Troffkin, Sam Blanchard, Lukas Schooler, Charles Mintz, Amelia Morris and myself. The series of shows ran from June 13th to Aug. 03 and was partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The show was reviewed for NUVO, an independent newspaper:

http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/indianapolis-art-centers-summer-exhibitions/Content?oid=2856244#.U-FztEjXpJ4

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The catalogs for the “Shame of the City: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Comic Book Narratives” show at Future Tenant just came in. It was beautifully designed by WVU Graphic Designer Joseph Galbreath, who also had a piece in the show.

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Recent work of mine will be on display at the 2014 Allied Artists of West Virginia Juried Exhibition at the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, WV.

The show will run from June 14 – July 13, 2014.

This last Saturday, a handful of printmaking students and I went to Pittsburgh to visit the Tech Shop, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Mattress Factory, and Artists Image Resource. It was a great (and long) day filled with some really amazing art and a lot of fun!

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WVU Printmaking student Jordan Welsh was awarded 2nd Place in the annual College of Creative Arts “Faculty-Student Mentored Research Award” competition. Jordan won for his research into beetles, their habitats and relation to human habitats, and his visual representation of the information. Great job Jordan!

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West Virginia University (WVU) School of Art and Design students will be showing their work at the Pittsburgh gallery Artists Image Resource (AIR). Two exhibitions titled Old hat and Confluence will run from March 24 to April 19. There will be a closing reception on April 19 from 7-9 pm with free food and drink. The exhibition and closing reception is free and open to the public. Artists Image Resource is a non-profit gallery and fine art press.

Old hat features two WVU undergraduate printmaking students, Sam Boehm and Alex Martin. The show features their artwork made during a semester-long residency at AIR. The School of Art and Design printmaking program has been sending student interns to AIR since 2004. Students travel to Pittsburgh one day a week to work at the non-profit gallery and fine art press. Students get to work on current AIR projects and get to make their own artwork using AIR’s facilities. Both the internship and exhibition are unique aspects to the School of Art and Design printmaking program. The proximity to AIR, and the close relationship between AIR Director, Robert Beckman and myself has nurtured this distinctive program. It is unusual for undergraduate students from any art program to have the opportunity to show their work at an established gallery like AIR.

Confluence features artwork made by WVU School of Art and Design Graduate Students. This show will feature artwork made in various media like ceramics, printmaking, and sculpture. Master of Fine Art students Ryan Brislawn, Nate Ditzler, Megan Gainer, Violet Goode, Brett Herron, Kaitlyn Hunter, Sarah Olsen, Meghan Olson, Silas Spellman, and Xia Zhang will all be exhibiting their most recent work.

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